Renewing Old Panels and Liners
Dark and gloomy to bright and airy in one easy step. Well, almost
DO IT YOURSELF
By Tom Neale
Chez Nous needednewportholes.Finding onesthatfitbothanolderboatandthe budget can be difficult. After some Internet research, we bought the Gray Series Rectangular from the Bomar
division of Pompanette, after consultation with the
helpful customer-service staff.
The job initially was just going to involve the cost of the
replacement ports, but it soon became apparent that I had to
replace the interior paneling surrounding those ports. I bought
white PVC panels for the cabin sides. If you’re doing this job
on your own boat, the quantity of material that you need will
be determined to a great extent by the size of your boat. I used
three 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of 3-millimeter Komatex.
Replacing the panels
was relatively easy. Getting the old
ports out wasn’t.
I used an assortment of
screwdrivers and scrapers, a mastic
gun, a drill, and a jigsaw.
This should have taken me a
couple of days to do, but because the
old ports were glued in with 3M 5200,
the time it took me to do this job was
A sheet of 3-millimeter
Komatex retails for around $20, but
this price can vary.
YOU GOT THIS!